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Germany wants to simplify divorce, punish racism during its EU presidency January 10, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, EU, France, Germany, Holocaust, Racism, Racist.
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Justice minister to harmonize EU divorce rules, strengthen anti-discrimination laws

Berlin – German justice minister Brigitte Zypries (SPD) says that she will use the country’s six-month presidency of the European Union to make divorce between EU nationals easier and to stiffen punishment for racially motivated crimes, Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Harmonizing family law continent-wide is one of the stated goals of Germany’s presidency, Zypries told reporters Monday.

The marriage proposals are meant to make dissolving bi-national bindings less expensive and opaque.

Zypries says that prior to marrying, couples should be able to set out in a contract which country’s laws will reign in a divorce court. This will mean that, for example, an Irishman living in Amsterdam with a German man or woman could divorce in a Dutch court which would create a settlement in accordance with German marriage laws (or, if so chosen, with Irish marriage laws). Such a thing is impossible now, a fact that can make ending bi-national marriages an expensive and cumbersome proposition. Zypries plans to meet other EU countries’ justice ministers in Dresden next week to hammer out the details.

The racism proposals would stiffen crimes against foreigners and people of color, and make denying the Holocaust a crime in all EU countries (it is currently only a crime in Switzerland and in some EU countries – Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia).

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Theberlinpaper.com

Activists march against discrimination in Romania November 10, 2006

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BUCHAREST, Romania: About 200 activists marched Friday through the downtown of the Romanian capital to protest discrimination based on race, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation.

Participants — including human rights supporters, media freedom activists and anarchists — carried banners reading “All different, all equal.”

They also commemorated victims of Nazi persecution, with marchers stopping at a the site of a monument for Holocaust victims.

“Romania needs to take responsibility for the crimes committed 60 years ago … We don’t see this in history books,” said Razvan Martin, one of the organizers.

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Fighting racism in Israel November 10, 2006

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Susan Nathan, author of “The Other Side: My Journey across the Arab/Jewish Divide,” argued that Israeli Arabs suffer from a culture of systematic discrimination and called for change in the talk “One Woman’s Attempt to Challenge Segregation and Racism” held last night.

A British-born Jew, Nathan moved to Israel to escape the discrimination she experienced in Britain. Her parents were refuges from World War II, and Nathan was raised as a minority, being the only Jew in her entire school of 400 students.

“Growing up, I always felt I was living on the outside of society,” Nathan said. “It was as if the shadow of the Holocaust was constantly hanging over my family.”

Nathan said she even experienced anti-Semitism first hand.

“When I was 16, I passed complex exams to attend a prestigious public university in Britain, only to be told that though my scores were satisfactory, I could not be admitted to attend the university because the Jewish quota had already been met,” she said.

Israel had always been ingrained within her mind as a land of safety to which she could escape in case things in Europe ever took a turn for the worse.

Once she moved to Israel, Nathan found that her new country also suffered from discrimination. However, this time, Jews, rather than being discriminated against, were the ones discriminating. she said. The Arabs of Israel suffered from severe segregation comparable to the plight during South Africa’s apartheid, she argued.

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Brussels Holocaust Memorial Vandalized August 4, 2006

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The Brussels Jewish Memorial for Holocaust victims has been vandalized, in an attack described as “devastating” by the head of a Belgian Jewish association.

Judith Kronfeld, secretary general of the “Union of deportees in Belgium-Sons and Daughters of deportation” organisation, spoke of a “scene of devastation” which was discovered Monday night.

The gate of the Memorial’s crypt was pulled out, documents were destroyed, windows broken and an urn containing ashes from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp was desecrated and emptied.

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“Jewish people of Israel re-enact the horrors of their German oppressors” July 15, 2006

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The Invasion of Gaza
Roger van Zwanenberg

The Israeli ongoing invasion of Gaza brings to a head many of the issues that have been fermenting for some time. If it was not clear before, it ought to be clear now, that the Israeli domination of the Palestinian people is a domination of a Totalitarian character. The present invasion, by hugely superior military forces of land, sea and air, on a comparatively unarmed people, cannot be justified by any criteria, legally or morally. That our own British government fails to raise an eyebrow, and that the so called International community does nothing, is a slur on us all of a level that shames our so called democracies. Israel is creating the conditions for a massive famine as the rest of the world looks on and does nothing. This is totalitarianism in action.

The problem is this: Israel is supposed to be a country this is for all the Jewish people a land of refuge where Jewish people will never allow themselves to be destroyed again. To achieve these noble aims the people and government of Israel has ethnically cleaned the land twice, in 1948 and 1967. Israel is now attempting to do so again, through the theft of more land and water resources, through the erection of the Wall, and now through the invasion of the people of Gaza.

This is an ongoing tragedy of huge proportions happening right before our eyes. It is an affront to all human dignity and sensibility. The justification produced by the Israeli media is not worth the time of day, it is all so paper thin. Why should a people who have suffered so deeply themselves impose a new level of suffering on a people who had nothing whatsoever to do with the Holocaust. The most awful aspect of the present Totalitarian regime in Israel is the ultimate innocence of the Palestinian people.

I should add here that I’ve been involved in Israel and Palestine for over 40 years. As a very young man, I learnt the art of “radical” political analysis from a 6 month stint in an Israeli Kibbutz. I was born into a Christian family with deep Jewish roots; all my first cousins were and are deeply Jewish. Mine is a family with deep fault lines everywhere, enough to make me a person deeply involved in the tragedy being played out in the Middle East.

Trained psychoanalysts can explain the actions of Israel better than I. The British have a huge responsibility, which is never admitted. Britain gave away a piece of land in 1948 which was not theirs to give. Israel could have behaved very differently after 48 and at any time thereafter. They could have realized the indignity of what they did in 48 and made an attempt to build up the people of Palestine along with themselves. Never an easy job, of course, but through it much of the hatred that has now built up over 60 years would have been dissipated.

As it now stands the goal of a safe home for all Jews is further away than ever. The Greater Middle East policy of the USA is now Israels only hope of achieving this goal. And it is now clear that such a policy can be carried out only by inflicting untold suffering across the Arabic world. The Arab world divided against itself in 1920 and then further divided in 1948. It has never been allowed by the external Imperial powers to unite, as with the European Union, into a single political entity with its own Central Bank and free trade between all its parts. Instead only buffer States like Jordan, weak States like Syria, and old rich States closely allied to Western interests have been allowed to exist. If one or the other of these States seems to become too powerful they are invaded.

The Arab world has, in short, been consistently undermined in its Development while Israel has been encouraged to become the dominant military State in the region. Israel and its people are now behaving with impunity, just like the State of Germany did in prosecuting the final solution. We are schooled in the belief that we must say “never again!” to such barbarity. But Israel knows that all the surrounding states are too weak to intervene. As we watch with horror the invasion of Gaza, we all feel our helplessness. All the fine words, how the horrors of the Holocaust must always be remembered, are quickly forgotten by the world’s governments as the Jewish people of Israel re-enact the horrors of their German oppressors—the horrors that their mothers and fathers underwent 60 or more years ago.

Just as Nazi Germany could not survive for long, so too, a brutal Israel, brutalizing her own and all the surrounding people, cannot survive for long. As things stand, I cannot see how that demise will come about. But the acts of evil we are now witnessing cannot last without having deep and lasting effects on all of us.

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